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### HideShow timer Statistics Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

Originally posted by Whatever on 11 Dec 2007, 20:57.
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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

Say the distance to school is 10 miles, x=5 miles per hour and y=1 miles per hour, then:

Time Bob spent biking would be 5/5=1 hour, and time he spent walking would be 5/1=5 hours, so t=1+5=6 hours.

Now, plug x=5, y=1, and t=6 into the answer choices to see which one yields the distance of 10 miles. Only answer choice C fits.

Note that for plug-in method it might happen that for some particular number(s) more than one option may give "correct" answer. In this case just pick some other numbers and check again these "correct" options only.

Hope it helps.
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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

d = distance in miles

t = (d/2)/x + (d/2)/y
simplify to get: d = 2xyt/(x+y)
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(x + y) / t

2(x + t) / xy

2xyt / (x + y)

2(x + y + t) / xy

x(y + t) + y(x + t)

Ans C.

D = (Ave Speed) * t

D = (D/t1+t2) * t

D = (D / ((D/2)/X) + (D/2)/Y)) * t

D = ( 4xy/ (2x+2y)) * t

D = 2xyt / (x+Y)
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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A) (x + y) / t

B) 2(x + t) / xy

C) 2xyt / (x + y)

D) 2(x + y + t) / xy

E) x(y + t) + y(x + t)

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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

Distance you can obtain as Rate x Time. Also, you can add/subtract only quantities that have the same units, i.e. you cannot add speed to time. Thus, you can immediately eliminate B, D and E.

A cannot be the correct answer, as it has units of speed over time, not units of distance.
You are left with C as the correct answer.
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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

I understood the problem as one of the average speed problems. One quick way to solve is with the direct formula of average speed. Since the speeds for different halves are mentioned, we can use the formula Avg speed = 2ab/(a+b), where a is constant speed for 1st half of journey and b is constant speed for 2nd half of journey.
Per the Question Avg speed for total trip = 2xy/(x+y). Therefore the total distance is 2xyt/(x+y).

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Whatever wrote:
Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

I understood the problem as one of the average speed problems. One quick way to solve is with the direct formula of average speed. Since the speeds for different halves are mentioned, we can use the formula Avg speed = 2ab/(a+b), where a is constant speed for 1st half of journey and b is constant speed for 2nd half of journey.
Per the Question Avg speed for total trip = 2xy/(x+y). Therefore the total distance is 2xyt/(x+y).

The definition of average speed is $$\frac{Total \, distance}{Total \, time}$$. For a particular case when on a fraction $$F$$ of the distance $$D$$ the speed was $$x$$ and on the remaining fraction $$(1-F)$$ of $$D$$ the speed was $$y$$ , we can calculate the average speed as:

$$\frac{D}{\frac{FD}{x}+\frac{(1-F)D}{y}}=\frac{xy}{(1-F)x+Fy}$$

In our case, $$F=\frac{1}{2}$$, and the average speed is indeed $$\frac{2xy}{x+y}$$.

I wouldn't say this formula is a must to remember. The definition of average speed, YES and then, depending on the data of the specific question, the average speed can be easily worked out.

Your approach is correct and it follows the path of "let's work out a solution". Although the elimination method is not always possible, I would like to suggest that there is a major takeaway lesson from this question: when variables are used (in our case $$x$$ and $$y$$ as speeds, $$t$$ as time) which have specific units attached, pay attention to the basic rule saying that addition and subtraction has a meaning only when all the terms have the same units. In our case, you cannot add speed to time, so answers involving expressions like $$x+t$$ or $$y+t$$ can be automatically eliminated.
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I'd personally be plugging numbers into equations on this one. Do you have a list of answers to choose from?

Yes, I do:

(x + y) / t

2(x + t) / xy

2xyt / (x + y)

2(x + y + t) / xy

x(y + t) + y(x + t)

Ans C.

D = (Ave Speed) * t

D = (D/t1+t2) * t

D = (D / ((D/2)/X) + (D/2)/Y)) * t

D = ( 4xy/ (2x+2y)) * t

D = 2xyt / (x+Y)

Can you please explain the specifics about how you went from D = (D / ((D/2)/X) + (D/2)/Y)) * t to D = ( 4xy/ (2x+2y)) * t ?
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20 seconds if you just read the question and go for the units...I say always checkk the units first for all the options in such type of questions
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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

When Distance is same:
Average Speed = $$\frac{2 (Rate 1 * Rate 2)}{(Rate 1 + Rate 2)}$$
=$$\frac{2 xy}{(x + y)}$$

So total distance in t hours = $$\frac{2 xyt}{(x + y)}$$
Hence, Ans is C
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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

Here's a different algebraic solution:

Let d = the TOTAL distance to school.

Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school
So, d/2 = distance spent biking
and d/2 = distance spent walking

We can write: (time spent biking) + (time spent walking) = t
time = distance/speed
We get: (d/2)/x + (d/2)/y = t
Simplify: d/2x + d/2y = t
Find a common denominator of 2yx to get: dy/2yx + dx/2yx = t
Combine terms: (dy + dx)/2yx = t
Multiply both sides by 2yx to get: dy + dx = 2xyt
Factor: d(y + x) = 2xyt
Divide both sides by (x + y) to get: d = 2xyt/(x+y)

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Bob bikes to school every day at a steady rate of x miles per hour. On a particular day, Bob had a flat tire exactly halfway to school. He immediately started walking to school at a steady pace of y miles per hour. He arrived at school exactly t hours after leaving his home. How many miles is it from the school to Bob's home?

A. (x + y) / t
B. 2(x + t) / xy
C. 2xyt / (x + y)
D. 2(x + y + t) / xy
E. x(y + t) + y(x + t)

Let total time=t, total distance=w
Total Time = Time for biking + Time for walking
t = w/(2x) + w/(2y)
4xyt = w (2y + 2x)

w = 2xyt/(y+x)

Therefore, Ans = C.
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